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originally posted by: Telos
Putin snubs Erdogan in Paris as pilot's body returned to Russia
Moscow (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin snubbed a meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in France on Monday as the body of a pilot killed when Ankara downed one of Moscow's warplanes returned home.
Turkish authorities meanwhile again pledged not to apologise over last Tuesday's downing of the Russian jet on the Syrian border...
Putin Rejects Meeting With Erdogan At Paris Climate Conference
As it was suspected, Putin rejects meeting with Erdogan at the Paris Climate Conference. This is again another message from Putin that he expects more from his turkish counterpart regarding the incident with the down russian aircraft the and killing of one of the pilots.
Much earlier today (EST), on my Twitter feed, I read that Erdogan stated in Paris he is willing to step down if it can be proved that interests in Turkey are buying stolen Syrian oil from IS. He wants to see proof. Sputnik has quoted him as well in an article on their website.
In response, Erdogan denied that his country buys oil from Daesh, and called Putin's comments "slander."
"We buy from Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Qatar, and Nigeria. We won't accept such slanders," he told reporters in Paris.
He also added that he will resign from office if the allegations can be proven.
"The accusation that Turkey allegedly buys crude oil from the Islamic State is unacceptable, and to say it is amoral. You can't just say things, you need to present evidence," he said. "If documents exist — let's see them. If this fact is proven, I will not stay in my position."